In 1921, a group of farmers and Agate town people got together and formed The Agate Mutual Farmers Telephone Company. Service began with only four lines in four different directions with a switchboard the size of a small desk and could be transported easily.As the years progressed, the switchboard was replaced with a Stromberg-Carlson XY Switch as well as the outside infrastructure to the customers. All customers were on party lines with different rings for each person’s telephone.In 1953, the name of the company was changed to Agate Mutual Telephone Cooperative Association. Members were then allowed to purchase a membership to the company and the company became Member owned, as it still is today. Later in 1983, the XY Switch was replaced with Redcom Laboratories Digital Switch as well as party to private lines. In 2000, our company created its first subsidiary, Prairie Networks, LLC, to provide long distance service, and high speed satellite Internet. Today we still provide long distance, and high speed satellite Internet, but we have gained services, such as: DSL Internet, Computer / Internet Security, Identity Protection Services, and Email and Web hosting services.In 2014, Agate Mutual Telephone opened a second subsidiary, Prairie Realty, LLC. Partnering with a local broker, and a local agent, they hit the ground the running and started selling properties immediately. It also gave our little town a new business to add to our community.Agate Mutual Telephone is also a partner with CCT, Colorado Communications Transport, with nine other independent telephone companies and Zayo Bandwidth to create a 746-mile fiber optics ring which will cover Northeastern Colorado and provide connectivity to major communication hubs in Denver. The network provides high speed capacity and access to major traffic aggregation points at affordable prices and will enable high quality services to rural Northeastern Colorado communities.
General Manager / Chief Executive Officer
Daniel has worked for Agate Mutual Telephone since October of 1999. He started when he was in high school and never left. From a helper in the field to a Technician, Daniel was named General Manager in 2012. Daniel is married and has 3 kids. He is the Captain of the Agate Fire Protection District, and also has his EMT certificate. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family, work on his old trucks, and go hunting and fishing.
Office Manager / CFO
Judy is the wife of Barry Hollmbeak (Daniel’s parents), and has lived in Agate since 1998. She has three children and 12 grandchildren. Judy has experience in accounting, real estate, and customer service. Judy previously worked for the Company in customer service from 2001- 2003. In her spare time, Judy likes to go camping, and is an avid Scrapbooker.
Our Board of Directors
Barry Hollembeak- PresidentLarry Rector- Vice PresidentDelmer Davis- Secretary / TreasurerDale Purdy- DirectorHarold Smith- Director Carrie Veatch- Director